A lot of the complaints I've read about Jaime raping Cersei amount to "But he didn't do that in Storm of Swords!" I think you can certainly argue that the scene is disturbing, or offensive, or a cheap shock. But the "It's not in the books!" argument doesn't really hold water. At this point it's pretty clear that that the… » 4/23/14 9:57am Today 9:57am

I get the feeling this is where today's rough-edged fantasy got its start. Patrick Rothfuss has cited it as a major influence on the Kvothe books, George R.R. Martin almost certainly read it while he was working on A Game of Thrones. I remember being surprised at first that Beagle had written a "conventional" fantasy… » 4/23/14 1:53am Today 1:53am

I finally broke down and bought a PS4 and a copy of InFamous: Second Son; I also downloaded Resogun but haven't gotten around to it yet. I'll probably hold off on getting anything new until Watch Dogs, but if you or anybody else can recommend something good, I'm interested. » 4/22/14 2:18pm Yesterday 2:18pm

I needed an email address for a college symposium, so I signed on to CompuServe in early 1995 (AOL was too busy for me to log on, which was a blessing in disguise — the C-Serve community was vastly superior). Weirdly enough, I'd been using computers since grade school, but for whatever reason I'd never gone online… » 4/22/14 7:34am Yesterday 7:34am

I can't help but feel that all the nastiness in last night's episode is simply part of Benioff and Weiss' effort to problematize the audience's relationship with the characters, and the whole concept of the "redemption arc." It's basically to remind the viewers that these are not nice people. The Hound is not a gruff but … » 4/21/14 8:28am Monday 8:28am